Half-Day Helicopter Great Barrier Reef Trip
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This trip is aboard AS 350 Squirrel, a 35 foot Jet Helicopter with a maximum of 6 divers. It is for 1 day, and allows 1 dive.
Departure is from Cairns General Aviation, Cairns at 12:30 PM Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, return time 3:50 PM.
Do you have a limited amount of time and want to make the most of your short stay in Cairns? Here’s the only way to get out to the outer barrier reef in only a half a day.
Not only that, but you get to combine a breathtaking view of the reef from the air, with a chance to explore underwater on the same day.
You will fly out with Nautilus Aviation to join up with Down Under Dive's boat, Evolution. The 20-minute scenic flight will give you a great look at the reef from above. Aboard Evolution you will join the other guests on board, for a quick lunch before you go out for a snorkel to explore the reef. Then enjoy another scenic flight home via another route to see more of the beautiful Great Barrier Reef.
Depending on the number of passengers Nautiulus Aviation selects the heli they are going to use from the extensive fleet of high tech heli's based here in Cairns.
This jet helicopter is plushed out, with air-conditioning, music, video, and great visibility. Four video cameras record all the views. It makes the trip out to the reef at 200km/hr, and makes the reef and other locations a short hop, compared to the typical 70-90 min. boat trip. For smaller groups they normally use a 4-passenger Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter.
mask, Snorkel, Fins (with Snorkel price only)
2 hours exploring the Great Barrier Reef
scenic helicopter flight to/from the reef
all dive gear (with Dive price only)
tropical buffet lunch
About Nautilus Aviation
Nautilus Aviation began in 1993 from a historic World War 2 hangar in Townsville airport, since then this locally owned company has grown into one of the premier helicopter operators in Australia. They have expanded and now have bases in Cairns, Darwin, Townsville, Horn Island and Weipa, and their fleet is one of the largest and most versatile in the northern regions of Australia. Besides tourism they deliver commercial services to all sorts of corporate clients, and often operate in the most remote parts of Australia.